I got to meet Julie earlier this year. I loved shooting her, it felt easy, effortless. She had had professional portraits done before, but never boudoir photography. How she described her experience made me tear up. It’s hard for me to put into words how grateful I am to have the opportunity to shoot these women, and to have them be so open about what it means to them. This is why I shoot boudoir.
“I was SO nervous before the shoot! Typical insecurities about my naked body, and being in front of a stranger only intensified that. I had the idea in my head that I was going to really clean up my diet and get into better shape before the shoot to look my “best”. But, let’s be real, it was Christmas, it was a wicked cold winter and all I wanted to do was bundle up on the couch with my fave snacks and keep warm. So needless to say my body wasn’t exactly where I wanted it to be when my time to work with Jenna came around, and my anxiety was through the roof.”
“I had a little 5 second freak out in the bathroom while I was undressing, my inner critic tearing me apart at the last minute. And then as soon as I stepped out of the door, all of that just melted away. Jenna was SO calm and cool and easy going, she put on some fun music and really got into it with me! I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and she did an amazing job of directing every little detail, right down to what direction to point my toes or place my fingers. It was so freeing. Yes, I was stripped down in front of a complete stranger and bending over into all different positions, but it was not weird at all. No judgement. No shame. Just a hell of a lot of female empowerment going on in that room!”
“I was on a hike with my dog when I got my gallery, and I literally just sat down and cried, I didn’t even recognize myself. I think because I had never been kind enough to myself to look at my features with positivity and compassion. I’ve struggled with eating disorders and body image throughout my adolescence, and recovery is a lifelong journey. Jenna allowed me to see my body through someone else’s perspective, and that has been one of the most healing gifts I’ve ever received. I’m so proud of my body! I still show the images to anyone and everyone I can. ”
If you’re ready to book your session, shoot me an email [email protected] or give me a call 250-550-7288.
I’m so excited for spring, not because the snow is melting (I could live with snow year-round) but because MORE DAYLIGHT HOURS! To celebrate, I’ve planned out a few promos to run over the brighter months. This month? GET WET MINI SESSIONS! These will be perfect for anyone who’s been thinking about doing a boudoir session, but doesn’t think they’re fully comfortable getting naked in front of a stranger yet.
Bring your favourite tee or tank, or wear one of the studio ones. You’ll get sprayed down and we’ll shoot some of my favourite poses! After you’ve dried off we’ll go through your images so you can choose your favourites! Then within two weeks you’ll be sent the final edited images. I’ll be running these on Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31 for only $99.
- 30 minute session, one WET outfit
- Complete posing direction from Jenna
- 5 edited digital images
You’ll be responsible for:
- makeup & hair (wet hair totally acceptable!)
- bringing your favourite tee, tank and/or other negligee (i’ve got a few options in studio if you’re stuck)
Limited availability, email me or DM me on instagram to choose your time. Sessions will take place at my home studio in Vernon, BC. Payment required in full to confirm your session. Sorry these sessions are non-refundable, and can’t be rescheduled. Five edited digital images are included, you’ll have the option to purchase more if you’d like.
Family and friends have come and gone, the only thing left separating me from going back to work is NYE. Recovering from a concussion has made this one of the most sober holidays in recent memory.. and it’s also given me a head start in reflecting on this past year.
My goals for 2017 included focusing on the authenticity of my work. Favouring intrinsic rewards over extrinsic success and recognition. These images have been selected as ones that I feel are progressing towards those goals. They’re images that I love, and that I’m proud of.
I feel slightly dispirited thinking about 2017, but there’s nothing glaring-ly obvious as to why it’s sitting that way in my mind. The JMY business didn’t land where I had expected it to at this time last year. In part because I was focusing on other things: family relationships, and our new house and renovation. But also because I’ve had a shift in mindset. The idea of “quitting my day job” is something I was once enthralled by. It’s something that an entire industry has been created around: helping new photographers go pro. I’ve realized that the business of photography drains me, and leaves me with nothing to give to my family. But I love creating images for clients. Recognizing this, I’ve laid the ground work in the past 6 months to distance myself and JMY from this idea, and return to something simpler.
I’ve got some huge personal endeavours lined up for 2018, and no doubt JMY has a place in there. My focus will be working with a smaller number of clients, to whom a boudoir session is a big deal for. And a second focus will be creating printed images and not just files sitting on a computer awaiting obsolescence.
Thanks for reading through the mucky stuff, now on to the photos! Happy New Year everyone!!